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Mayo, Cork and Sligo clubs book All-Ireland club hurling final places

Tooreen, Ballygiblin and Easkey all won in today’s semi-finals.

Results – All-Ireland club hurling semi-finals


  • Tooreen (Mayo) 1-18 Liatroim (Down) 1-14


  • Ballygiblin (Cork) 1-12 Horeswood (Wexford) 0-8
  • Easkey (Sligo) 3-14 Kilburn Gaels (London) 4-6


MAYO, CORK AND Sligo clubs all booked January All-Ireland hurling final dates after today’s semi-final action.

Mayo’s Tooreen made history by reaching the All-Ireland intermediate decider for the first time, running out 1-18 to 1-14 victors over Down’s Liatroim at Kingspan Breffni. They’ll face Limerick’s Monaleen in the final.

Tooreen were in front 1-8 to 0-7 at half-time and were six points clear, 1-14 to 0-11, with ten minutes left. They kept their composure despite the concession of a late goal and progressed to their maiden All-Ireland decider as they atoned for recent losses at the semi-final stage.

The junior final will be a novel meeting between the county champions of Cork and Sligo, as Ballygiblin and Easkey both triumphed.

Cork’s Ballygiblin saw off Wexford’s Horeswood by 1-12 to 0-8 at the Fraher Field in Dungarvan in their semi-final.

Ballygiblin were in front 1-5 to 0-5 at half-time, Darragh Flynn intervening to raise the crucial green flag, a strike that transpired to be only goal of the game. Flynn finished with 1-4 to his credit, while Joseph O’Sullivan scored 0-5.

It’s the second successive decider for Ballygiblin, eligible again for the junior grade due to a championship restructure in their county.

Sligo’s Easkey will take them, on defeating London’s Kilburn Gaels today by 3-14 to 4-6 in Darver in Louth.

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